Why All the God Talk? Part 4 of 4: So That’s God, Huh?

[This is the final part of a journal entry that was originally written between October 30th – November 3rd, 1997 (if you’d like to read the entire series, start with Part 1: The Ancient Automobile). You can read what Today Jay has to say about what Yesterday Jay wrote in the Post Script. Enjoy!]

We are all tiny little flecks of one huge consciousness. We can only see one tiny little fleck at a time. These are plain and simple rules, conditions we accept when we choose to experience this space/time experience. What we can influence, and change, is just what little fleck we happen to see,and just how it is that we look at it.

So that is God. Not some stern, omnipotent, punishing father . . . simply a consciousness, or a being, of which we are all a part. God is not male or female, but both . . . without the separation we all deem so necessary simply because it is all we know. Just as humans created books as a convenient learning device, so God created humans; and maleness and femaleness; plants and animals; Heaven and Earth . . . simply as a convenient device for learning and experience. Continue reading “Why All the God Talk? Part 4 of 4: So That’s God, Huh?”

Time for change

Hi there, Jay fans & friends! It’s Dawn, poking my head into Jay’s blog yet again to tell you all about some changes to the blog. Don’t worry, it’s nothing bad…

Some of you are aware that Jay works a day job. This job is part of the reason we moved at the beginning of the year, and it’s definitely taking up more of Jay’s time now then it did in the past. He loves the work, so this is not a bad thing.

Many of you are aware that we bought our first home in December. If you’re a homeowner yourself, then you know that means we have loads of home projects to do now. If you know Jay at all, then you also know he’s coming up with all kinds of MacGyver-style projects that he has to start RIGHT NOW!!! No, not later, NOW!!

Most of you (all of you, I hope?) are also aware that Jay is working on Book II of “Walking Between Worlds”. If you’ve read Book I, then you’re eagerly awaiting this next installment to find out what happens after that evil cliffhanger Jay left you with (I know I am!). We want to get this book out into the world before next Christmas…possibly in the fall…and that is going to take some time. And then there is the huge (and I do mean *huge*) list of books that Jay has waiting in the pipeline he calls his brain, some of which I’m also hoping to get into your hot little hands this year.

All of these things contribute to less time to write a weekly blog, especially if you’re a #WordyMoFo like Jay. So, for the time being, we’ve made a decision to cut the blog back to a monthly post instead of a weekly one. And while this means less of his lengthy essays on spiritually charged words/subjects, it will mean more books in the future, and we all want that, right? Right.

So enjoy your weekend, and we’ll see you back here on February 20th for the next blog post!

P.S. If you’re still dying to read something from Jay this week, why not scroll through the archives? He’s written some really great stuff – my personal favorite is “The Optimist, The Pessimist, and The Realist”. Or, if you haven’t read “Walking Between Worlds; Book I: Demons & Angels” yet (what are you waiting for, read it already!!), we have a four chapter sample for you to check out here.

 

Happiness

[This article was originally written by Jay in four sections. The first section was written on June 24th, 2001. The second was started on June 26th, 2001, then picked back up again, mid-sentence and without missing a beat, on February 2nd, 2002. Jay wrote the third and fourth sections March 18-19th, 2003. As always, you can read what Jay thinks about this subject in 2014 in the post script. Happy reading! – Dawn]

Happiness

     Happiness. Happiness is the path, it is the journey, it is the vehicle, it is the fuel; and it is, of course, the destination. Happiness.

     Thwarted happiness causes all sorts of ugly circumstances, from the harmless complainer to the mass murderer. Yet happiness pursued can change the most destructive person into a useful and productive member of society.

     It’s been said that we all must have something to live for, whether it’s consciously or unconsciously. And it’s true, I think: something motivates each of us each morning to get out of bed and do what we do throughout the day. What we do is a physical manifestation of the “why” behind it, and thus we make our lives the way we want to. Continue reading “Happiness”

What It Means to Me… God

“What It Means to Me… God”

     God. What a beautiful, wonderful and confusing word. It has meant so many different things to me throughout my life, up to the day it came to mean everything.

     As a child, grace was said sometimes at dinner and church was attended from time to time. The only real images I got were of a giant hand reaching down from the sky or some fellow in a great robe and a great beard sitting on a great throne in the heavens. Great. And when I heard the words “omnipotent” and “omnipresent” I had to ask what they meant. When I discovered that that meant some old dude in the sky was somehow capable of anything imaginable and also somehow everywhere at once, I did my best to put it out of my mind.

     A great many years passed where I called myself agnostic. I didn’t know what was up, and I couldn’t really see any way to find out. Then I found out. Continue reading “What It Means to Me… God”

What It Means To Me… Selfish, Part 2: Selfless

What It Means To Me… Selfish, Part 2: Selfless

[Please see lasts weeks blog “What It Means To Me… Selfish, Part1: Selfish” for the original post and commentary on part 1 – Dawn]

     Let’s look at the other side of this coin, and how “selfless” creates just as much confusion as “selfish” does, if not more. Again, everyone would wrap a different net of words around this concept if asked to do so, so let’s go to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary app on my iPhone to see what they have to say on it. (Is it arrogant of me to assume that it will be as confusing as “selfish”?)

Continue reading “What It Means To Me… Selfish, Part 2: Selfless”

What It Means To Me… Selfish, Part 1: Selfish

“What It Means To Me… Selfish”

     I spent my whole childhood hearing the people in charge tell me not to be selfish. It turned out, however, that I couldn’t buy a car, rent an apartment or put food on the table with selflessness when my childhood was over and such things became up to me. It seemed there was a line that needed to be drawn.

     Living a completely selfless life from the cradle to the grave would turn out one fundamentally useless individual. To learn a new skill we must possess a desire to learn a new skill, and bettering yourself is surely something you do for yourself. If you better yourself in order to better serve others, being of service to others is your selfish desire. You want it. That’s selfish. It’s a healthy kind of selfish, but it’s still selfish. Continue reading “What It Means To Me… Selfish, Part 1: Selfish”